Man gets 7-year prison sentence in brutal nighttime attack on woman on Langdon Street

A Madison man who attacked a woman brutally on the street in February in downtown Madison was sentenced in Dane County court Wednesday afternoon.

Dane County Judge Susan Crawford sentenced 23-year-old Jerome R. Winslow, to seven years in prison plus five years of extended supervision on three felony charges.

Winslow pleaded guilty in June to two counts of recklessly endangering safety and a substantial battery charge. As part of the plea deal, charges of false imprisonment and second-degree sexual assault with use of force were dropped.

According to the criminal complaint, police believe Winslow was targeting women in the Langdon Street area when he lunged at the victim, punched her and dragged her away from the road. Winslow reportedly admitted that he punched her while he was drunk and dragged her because he didn’t want someone to walk past and see her unconscious on the ground. The woman was hospitalized with significant facial injuries, including fractures, police said.

In court Wednesday, the Crawford sentenced Winslow to seven years in prison plus five years of extended supervision on a count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and seven years in prison plus five years of extended supervision on a second county of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, to be served concurrently. He was also sentenced on a count of substantial battery intending to cause bodily harm as a repeater to 1.5 years in prison plus two years of extended supervision, also to be served concurrently to the other sentences.

Crawford said she took into account that Winslow experienced deprivation and trauma in his childhood, but that “there’s also a need for Mr. Winslow to absorb and think about what he’s done, and I think that a long period of separation from the community is necessary to his rehabilitation.”

She also cited the need to protect the public.

“This was a random attack of a young woman who was helpless, alone in the middle of the night,” Crawford said. “And we as a community need to make sure that our citizens are safe from these kinds of attacks.”

Winslow is already incarcerated at the maximum-security prison in Waupun for a felony armed robbery conviction in 2017, according to state corrections records. Crawford ordered his new prison sentence to start once he finishes his armed robbery sentence.

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